UNIDO Director-General Discusses Energy Projects [viewed]

14 January 2011: Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), visited the Singimi Falls in Palima, Sierra Leone, to inspect the proposed site of a 10MW hydropower dam that will serve locals, a university and private companies.

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Deadline Extended for Submissions of Interest in Administering CDM Loan Scheme [viewed]

January 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has extended the deadline by which vendors interested in administering a loan scheme over a five-year period in respect of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) are requested to submit a written expression of interest.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reflects on Cancun Climate Change Conference [viewed]

January 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has released its latest Newsletter, reporting on recent activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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IFAD, FAO and ILO Release Report on Gender and Agriculture [viewed]

January 2011: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have released a report highlighting the unique role women play in rural economies and the potential they offer for lifting their households and communities out of poverty.

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Event: UN-REDD Programme Regional FPIC Workshop [viewed]

This consultation on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for REDD+ is organized by the UN-REDD Programme.  

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Event: UNGA Thematic Debate on LDC IV [viewed]

An informal thematic debate on the contributions of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) will take place on 11 March 2011, and will focus on "Investment in and Financing of Productive Capacities in LDCs." UNGA President Joseph Deiss announced the event to member States' representatives at the UN in this letter: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/65/letters/Endofyear231210.pdf.  

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Event: Commonwealth High-level Meeting on Climate Finance [viewed]

This meeting will explore challenges that prevent climate finance from flowing to the Commonwealth's most vulnerable members, building on the outcomes of the Commonwealth leaders meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, in 2009 and the commitments made at the UN Climate Change meetings in Copenhagen and Cancun.  

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ASEAN Focuses on Socioeconomic Aspects of Sustainable Forest Management
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20 January 2011: As reported in the Bulletin of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for January 2011, ASEAN officials met on 19 January 2011 to discuss the integration of socioeconomic aspects in sustainable forest management, as part of the implementation of the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change.

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China and US Launch Two New EcoPartnerships [viewed]

19 January 2011: The US and China expanded their EcoPartnership programme with the admission of two more partnerships related to energy efficiency demonstration projects and research on lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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WTO Members Address Environmental Issues within the Doha Mandate [viewed]

19 January 2011: An informal meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Committee on Trade and Environment in Special Session (CTESS) met on 10-14 January 2011,  and WTO members reviewed the various proposals on the table covering the Doha mandate related to environment.

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